Senior Policy Officer (Skills)

Location
Birmingham, West Midlands and Working from home
Salary
£36,460 - £44,734
Posted
02 Sep 2021
Closes
19 Sep 2021
Job Ref
Seniorpolicy21
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

GBSLEP Senior Policy Officer (Skills)

SALARY BAND: Grade 5

Contract: Fixed Term Contract to 30 September 2022

Location: Hybrid (Remote/ GBSLEP office)

Closing Date: 19/09/2021

About Us

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is a partnership of businesses, public sector, and further and higher education leaders. As a collaborative partnership, we work for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in the GBSLEP area. This collaborative and business focused approach enables us to target interventions for maximum benefit to the local economy Our mission is to drive the economic growth of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, creating jobs and increasing the quality of life for all our residents.

The Opportunity

Senior Policy Officers within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) have key responsibility for developing the LEP’s strategic growth agenda as it relates to specific policy areas focused on local and regional economic development.

To do this, Senior Policy Officers (working with partners, stakeholders and other LEP officers) develop interventions aimed at driving increases in levels of business productivity, the number of residents with higher level skills, good jobs and improved quality of life across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.

Reporting to the Head of Skills, the Senior Policy Officer (Skills) has substantial autonomy in developing and helping to deliver interventions that make a substantive difference to the Greater Birmingham economy, supporting delivery of GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2016-2030 and the West Midlands’ Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

The role will also play a key part in the recovery of the GBS and West Midlands economy after the Covid-19 pandemic through the skills policy, mechanisms and interventions available. Developing the skills leadership of the LEP through interventions such as the GBSLEP Skills and Apprenticeship Hub to maximise this impact.

This exciting, influential role will be responsible for developing external relationships and interventions that bring about meaningful change. Successful candidates will bring a passion for innovative approaches to delivering substantive policy change at a local level.

Activities will include:

  • Developing and driving forward one or more of GBSLEP’s Delivery Plans for increasing business productivity, sustainable growth and quality of life as it relates to one of business productivity and innovation; low carbon technologies and services; advanced manufacturing ; higher level skills; or place-making.
  • undertaking research and engaging with stakeholders across the provide, public and education sectors to understand market opportunities and supply-side barriers to growth and where there is a need for intervention by the LEP;
  • designing and costing policy interventions;
  • bringing forward interventions either via direct commissioning or procurement within approved budgets or by influencing partner activities including supporting the development of a pipeline of investible propositions for Local Growth Funding and other sources; and •
  • supporting the development and implementation of performance management arrangements including KPI reporting to LEP Board(s).

The Candidate

This exciting, influential role will be responsible for developing external relationships and interventions that bring about meaningful change. Successful candidates will bring a passion for innovative approaches to delivering substantive policy change at a local level.

Candidates will have experience of and a passion for developing higher level skills; and will be comfortable acting in an advisory / support capacity to senior leaders.

Knowledge and understanding of sub-national economic growth and industrial strategy policy and the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

How to Apply


To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter covering the following-

  • Why you are interested in the role
  • How does your knowledge, skills and experience match the specification
  • What makes you a standout candidate • Your current or most recent salary
  • Notice period or availability date

Send applications to recruitment@GBSLEP.co.uk quoting reference Seniorpolicy21 by 19th September 2021.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and value diversity in our team.

For more details, please download the job description from our website.

THIS ROLE IS PART-FUNDED BY EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUNDS (ESF)

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